Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrating Summer

I'm officially going to celebrate summer as it's my son's first day off school and my daughter has been off for a couple of weeks. No more getting up early, quizzing for Spanish vocab or Algebra, no more calls from school, "mom, I forgot..." and no more "let's go!" in the morning. Whew! As Alice Cooper says, "School's Out For Summer!"


My older sister used to play Alice Cooper and he should've scared me as a kid, but he never really did...even though now I think "ew" when I see him perform. That's why I used the Muppet version of this song. Less blood and more cuteness.

Here's a card I made at a lss, The Paper Cottage, where I get all my new paper lines. This one is Crate Paper called Maggie Holmes Confetti and I love how well it all goes together.  The colors are soft and beautiful.



The second card took a wee bit of time. We hand cut all the banners and they were little! But I do like how it turned out. And the bird is so cute! The wood grain paper was some of the prettiest I've seen. I'm not a huge fan of using wood grain, no idea why, but I love this one. I do like when I see it on other people's projects, I just never buy it. It's behind the banner.



Happy Friday and Happy Summer!
Chark

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Oldie And Goodie

Sorting through pictures the other day and came across this card. It was one of the first cards I ever used a sewing machine on. I've only done stitching a few times but it does add a little extra something to a card. I thought it was appropriate for an old-fashioned silhouette stamp like this one from Hero Arts.



I absolutely love that ribbon and resin rose together. I got it in a class and used it on a different project (this one) than the one intended. I don't know why I never purchased more, but maybe I should! 

I just got some new paints from Jo Ann's ordered (Bo Bunny paints) and am anxious to try those out, but I'm putting ribbon on the list for next time!

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, May 25, 2015

Geometry Is Fun!

Although Geometry was my least favorite subject in high school (probably thanks to the teacher, but whatever), I did like this challenge over at Winnie & Walter stamps. I found them through Jennifer McGuire's blog when she used one of their products and am so dying to get some of their products. 

For this Gossip Column challenge, you have to use geometric shapes and they provided free amazing digi art for the challenge!

Here's my take. Geometry and Neon together. I used my new chalk markers (that's due to The Daily Marker's influence).



I colored the image with Prismacolors and chalk markers, cut the image in half, mounted on black cardstock and then offset it on white and added the hello die cut—it's from Papertrey Ink—and enamel dots from Jo Ann's. Winnie & Walter have a fun ($5) Hello die too.

Hope you'll join me today for this challenge or at least check out their fab products. My daughter assures me that Geometry rocks, so I guess I'll agree with her in this case—this was so fun to color!

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun With Moose

...or is that Mooses? Meese? Since I only used one guy, let's just call him Moose. Here's a fun stamp from Hero Arts that I think is adorable. He is part of the Missing You clear set from Hero Arts. I love how these little animals look with their wonky eyes. They can be used for lots of different card sentiments. I used the owl for this caffeine card here. You can get the stamps  here at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies.

Here's the anniversary card I made using the moose. The background is made with the Neon Ink cubes just pressed to textured paper (Neon Red and Yellow) and patterned paper.


And here's the coordinating inside.


I used an old Hero Arts anniversary sentiment stamp, the moose, and this NEW Stamp & Cut Alpha Tabs set for the inside message. I made the letters uneven on purpose. One, it's faster :) and two, it fits this silly moose I think. I cut out the panel and inked the edges. The little banner was already made. I think it's Basic Grey. I love banners with text paper. Guess what I'll make next with this Stamp & Cut set? hmmm... I'm entering the card at A Blog Named Hero where the theme this challenge is New. I love breaking out new stamps and goodies to try, don't you?


That's it for me today, except don't forget you can use your Hero Arts products and enter the a2z Scrapbooking May Challenge with the theme Anything Goes until the end of the month...and maybe win $25 to the store!! 

And you can also enter your work at A Blog Named Hero if you use Hero Arts products and fit their challenge of New this month. Hope you'll join me! You can win there too!


My blog readers also get 15% off their purchase of $25 or more in the store with my secret code CHARK15. There are new ombre inks, the Kelley Purkey collection, the Lia collection and any Hero Arts product out there. Don't see it in the store? Go ahead and make a special request...they'll get it for you! Plus, this store was founded to help charities and every purchase you make helps! What are you waiting for? 

Happy Friday!
Chark

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bo Bunny And Me

I'm entering this in the May Challenge over at Bo Bunny here. You have til the end of the month if you want to join me! I'm using the sketch and lots of Garden Journal paper and buttons (both paper and regular buttons) from the collection. 

Here's the sketch.


Here's my page with my daughter.


I used red and black cardstock and a handmade blue textured paper as well. The word is from Heidi Swapp. 

Here's a close up of some of the buttons and paper. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on some edges.


Fun sketch with lots of layers...thanks, Bo Bunny, for the inspiration.

Happy Wednesday,
Chark

Monday, May 18, 2015

Random Post Of Randomness

I thought today I might just post some random pics I have on the camera. It's time to actually print them but it always takes me forever to get around to that and then remove them from the camera. So, here are some of the latest pics to be removed.



One of my two apple trees a couple of weeks ago...see all those blooms/future apples? Enjoy it now, because once they are actual apples, the squirrels and birds will eat bits of each one and drop them on the ground. And I might again see a squirrel sitting at the base of the tree, eating one of the apples as if to say, "I'm enjoying a miniscule bit of this one so you will not be able to." At least, that's what it seems like to me!



Testing out new neon Hero Arts inks!



The work space after a challenge...and this isn't even the worst it's been. sigh. I am most definitely not a neat and orderly crafter.


This is my husband's 20-year-old truck with a Hulk figurehead...holding an Easter egg during a hunt this year. How often do you see this?!

 

This is a sign outside a business on the way to my mom's house. What does it say? I literally couldn't figure out what some of these meant. My son and husband figured out Deli per lb. Swiss, Turkey, Roast B, Farm fresh brown eggs. Ah, of course. Why didn't I know that?


And, lastly, the donut cake (it is actual fried yeast donut and not cake) for my son's 15th birthday just a couple weeks ago. He's been calling everyone Mate because of a video game (don't ask me) and so we had the donut shop put it on the "cake." 

And that is all for random pics from my camera. What's on your camera?

Happy Monday!
Chark